Rooting Android is equivalent to having administrator permission when using Windows on your computer. With Android, many apps that are available from the Google Play Store need the root file system permission before they can work. These apps are always some of the best apps available that you can use to increase your device’s performance.
Root access isn’t always easy to achieve depending on what device you have. That’s the beauty of being able to use a one-click rooting tool that’s universal. All you need to do is download the app on your device and click the button. The KingRoot app will take over and search its cloud-based data to find the working rooting method for you. We are here to fill in the gaps with everything else. Below you will find the links to the devices that you can use the KingRoot tool; the supported Android versions and the full-length how-to guide so you know how to install the Android 4.4.3 KingRoot APK.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Android software versions supported by KingRoot
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
The above list is the main Android versions that work with the KingRoot universal one-click rooting tool. However, you can also use the tool for any of the Android versions in between those number. For example, you can use KingRoot on Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean and not just 4.3 Jelly Bean. The same can be said for the rest of the versions, so long as they fall between Android 2.0 and 5.1 Lollipop.
The list of supported devices:
- Samsung mobile devices
- Google/Nexus devices
- HTC devices
- ZTE devices
- Sony mobile devices
- LG devices
- Huawei devices
Rooting any Android device from the list above using the KingRoot app
1. Download the KingRoot app from the direct download links below:
- Kingroot_188.8.131.5280619.apk — This is the latest and recommended version
2. You want to download the file directly to your computer and shift it over to the desktop.
3. Enable Unknown Sources on your device by heading to the menu > Settings > Security > Unknown Sources. You need that Unknown Sources option on so you can install apps from outside the Google Play Store.
4. Connect your Android to the computer with the USB cable.
5. Copy the KingRoot tool over to the internal SD card. Make sure it’s in the root of the SD card and not hidden in any subfolder. That will make sure you can find it later.
6. Unplug your Android from the computer now.
7. Launch the File Manager that you use to install APK files.
8. Tap on the KingRoot option so it installs.
9. You will now find the KIngRoot app available from the app drawer. Click the icon and enter the app.
10. Click the ‘Root’ button available on the main page within the app.
11. The KingRoot tool will now find a working rooting method for your device.
You get to watch a progress bar as it’s rooting your device. Wait until you see that progress bar reach 100%, and it gives you the ‘success’ message.
Now you can install the root checker app from the Google Play Store and make sure that your device does have the root file system unchained.